LU expresses sympathy to Virginia Tech community

By The SE Texas Record | Apr 20, 2007

Lamar University President James Simmons

"On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Lamar University, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Virginia Tech family," said President James Simmons. "We offer our heartfelt support as the community deals with this horrific and profound loss."

The campus flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of the people who were killed and those who were injured.

"We are terribly saddened by the news of this tragedy," Simmons said. "Our thoughts are with the families of the students, and with the faculty, staff and alumni of Virginia Tech. We join with our colleagues in higher education around the nation in expressing our deep concern."

The university is reviewing its security and communications procedures in light of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, Simmons said. "We will not hesitate to make adjustments to our own procedures as we learn details of the day," Simmons said.

"Our first responsibility remains to do all that we can to ensure a secure environment," Simmons said. "We remain committed to providing a safe campus and remind our staff, faculty and students to likewise be vigilant. Never hesitate to notify authorities if you suspect or observe violence or are concerned for your safety or the safety of others."

For emergencies, dial 911 or call the communications center at 880-8311. You can report crimes or suspicious persons to the University Police Department 24 hours a day, every day, by calling the communications center at 880-8311. Trained Police Dispatchers are available 24 hours a day to respond to all calls. There is also a TDD phone service available 24 hours a day for the hearing impaired. Dial extension 7705 for immediate assistance.

Emergency telephones providing direct access to the University Police Communications Center are located in strategic places around campus; in major academic buildings adjacent to parking lots on campus and in all elevators.

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